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Indiana farm confirms second outbreak of deadly pig virus

The farm’s veterinarian confirmed Tuesday, May 27, that there was another outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, which killed up to 7 million pigs and drove up pork prices in the last year.

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 6:30 a.m.

An Indiana farm has become the first to publicly confirm a second outbreak of a deadly pig virus, as reported by Reuters.

The farm’s veterinarian, Matt Ackerman, confirmed Tuesday, May 27, that there was another outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). Reuters reports the virus has killed up to 7 million pigs and drove up pork prices to record highs over the last year.

Ackerman is a veterinarian from southeastern Indiana. The farm’s operators did not wish to be identified, but they allowed Ackerman to speak on their behalf.

Ackerman said the second outbreak of the PEDv virus is the same strain that infected pigs in May 2013 and in March 2014.

Piglets who are born to sows that are infected a second time have a 30 percent mortality rate compared to the near total loss during the first outbreak.

State and federal efforts to stop the virus assumed that pigs would develop an immunity to the PEDv virus after they were first infected. Farms that once had infected pigs were not known to suffer a second outbreak.

However, repeat outbreaks were not publicly confirmed until now. Reuters reported there is a 40 percent chance of recurring PEDv outbreaks in previously infected farms.


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